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- Apple Kicks It Up at WWDC: Great for Users, Not Enough to Grow Market Yet Jun 14 Watching the live stream of Apple's 2016 World Wide Developer Conference keynote, with some exceptions where a couple of the presenters were under-rehearsed, and demo gremlins hit, I thought that this came the closest to a Steve Jobs' keynote since his unfortunate departure. I've been concerned that Apple was going to spiral down like it did after Jobs departed the first time. But at WWDC, the focus was on users and developers. Apple copied Microsoft a lot, well, sort of, but I actually don't think that is a bad thing.
- Microsoft Buys LinkedIn, Focuses on Users Again Jun 13 Today, Microsoft announced it would buy LinkedIn in a strong reversal of a mistake it made in the 1990s. It's fascinating to watch companies make mistakes and then refuse to reverse them, even when they're obvious, because doing so would seemingly validate the mistake. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been on a mission since taking over, reversing an impressive number of mistakes that Microsoft has made since the end of the 1980s. This latest is particularly impressive because it flies in the face of most tech firms that haven't responded to the rise of Amazon Web Services and the shift in power from IT to line managers and end users.
- How to Get Started with IoT Jun 9 Most of you will likely wake up one morning to discover that much of your Internet of Things (IoT) tech is misbehaving, with the only viable solution to unplug and replace it. Here are some things to keep in mind for avoiding that situation.
- How analytics can prevent rather than explain tragedy CIO | Jun 17 Columnist Rob Enderle writes that we are far more likely to use analytics badly and suggests that IT should take the reins to ensure the analytics process is as effective—and free of confirmation bias—as possible.
- 128 Technology: All Your Networking Gear Is Obsolete TG Daily | Jun 14 A new company announced this week in the networking space that did what rarely happens and tends to be very disruptive if it works. They rethought how to do networking largely from scratch to address the primarily massive problems of security and excess complexity which are opening our firms up to successful exploits. We get events like this from time to time. Apple, Atari, Commodore, Microsoft, and Sun rethought computing and that market dramatically changed, Apple rethought music and cell phones, Amazon rethought books and computer services, and Tesla rethought cars. Each began a revolution, some not complete, that massively disrupted their respective spaces. Well 128 Technology has launched and they appear to be making an impressive attempt to rethink networking.
- Microsoft Breaks Console Model with New Xbox(s) TMCnet | Jun 14 There are a couple of rules when it comes to game consoles. First you don't change them very often (the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 remained largely unchanged for a decade), you don't price them over $500 (Sony did that initially with the PlayStation 3 and ceded the market to Microsoft), and you don't have multiple systems of the same generation in market at the same time (it confuses folks). Well Microsoft just tossed this rule book out with the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio. But I think it can actually work if the products are positioned properly.
- Google and the Birth of the People-Delivery Drone TechNewsWorld | Jun 13 Larry Page is rumored to be building a flying car, apparently dropping a whopping US$100M into the effort. Surprisingly, this actually makes more sense to me than a self-driving car does, because it potentially solves two problems at once: You won't have to fly the thing yourself; and it eliminates the need for roads for those who commute to work.
- Google: Dare to Daydream TechNewsWorld | Jun 18
- Facebook Gives Messenger More Jobs to Do TechNewsWorld | Jun 17
- With APFS, Apple focuses on storage efficiency in its OSes Computerworld | Jun 17
Rob Enderle on…
HP's latest spinoff news
[Corporate customers who use services to set up, install and maintain their IT infrastructures] "really like to see a lot of stability," [and two big spinoffs in a year could create distrust.] "You cut two large components of the company you said you weren't going to cut: the PC business and now services ... Where do they stop cutting?"
Twitter relaxing the 140-character limit on tweets
[By not counting photos and links, Twitter will make it less cumbersome for users to post photos with their tweets.] "Removing annoyances should get people to use the service more and for tweets to be more informative and more interesting."
Tweets May Soon Breeze Past 140-Character Limit eCommerce Times
Nokia mobile devices return to market
[Enderle said Nokia still has a well-recognized brand name, but its more recent connections to the Windows Phone effort would have to be shed for it to be more successful.] "So there is a path to success here; it just won't be an easy one."
IBM allowing scientists to run experiments using its quantum processor
[Interacting with IBM's quantum system] "should be far cheaper and easier than having to buy and provision your own hardware, with far less risk of obsolescence."
Tim Cook traveling to China
"China remains a huge problem for U.S. companies in general. Thanks to the Snowden disclosures, U.S. technology is broadly distrusted ... Cook is taking the effort, but given the problems are largely outside of Apple's control, it is doubtful he can do much to fix them ... even Jobs would have struggled."
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